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Title: Polypharmacy management among Australian veterans: improving prescribing through the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs' prescriber feedback programme.
Austin Authors: Woodward, Michael M ;Streeton, C L;Guttmann, A;Killer, G T;Peck, R W
Affiliation: Aged and Residential Care, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2007
Publication information: Internal Medicine Journal 2007; 38(2): 95-100
Abstract: Older patients are potentially at risk from the effects of polypharmacy (PP) and/or drug-drug interactions.To examine the effects of a targeted patient-specific prescriber feedback programme on patients prescribed more than 19 individual medications over the 3-month study period.The Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs commissioned a review of Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme claims data to identify patients potentially at risk of drug injury through either PP (> or =20 unique medications during 3 months) or clinically significant drug interactions (DI). Dispensing information for the patient at risk, relevant clinical guidelines and a personalized covering letter were mailed to the main prescribing general practitioner of the identified veteran patient. The claims data were then re-analysed after the programme.There was a significant reduction in the mean number of unique medications prescribed over a 3-month period 1 year after the prescriber feedback (mean change = -2.22; 95% confidence interval -3.54 to -0.90; P = 0.0013) for patients identified with ongoing PP. There was also a significant reduction in the number of DI pairs (mean change = -0.73; 95% confidence interval -0.77 to -0.69; P < 0.0001) for the patients identified with an ongoing DI. The number of patients dispensed one or more DI pairs decreased from 836 to 318 after the feedback.A targeted prescriber feedback programme can influence general practitioner prescribing at an individual patient level and, therefore, contribute to the quality use of medicines.
Gov't Doc #: 18005132
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01453.x
Journal: Internal Medicine Journal
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Drug Prescriptions.statistics & numerical data
Drug Utilization Review
Quality Assurance, Health Care
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